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    SAC is banned! (AIB - Banned licence plate letter combinations)

    Since most states have now adopted a three-letter prefix or suffix for licence plate numbers for private vehicles, you can probably imagine that certain combinations such as FUX, DIK, CUM, ASS, or HOR are outright banned. Other combinations that once meant nothing (such as HIV) have recently been added to many ban lists because of their newly acquired darker meaning. Some combinations with the letter 'Q' get banned, because it looks so much like 'O'. Thus you're unlikely to see CQK, FQK, or HQR

    Others are banned on racial or ethnic grounds (JEW, MEX) or are combinations that are considered racial slurs such as JAP or NIG. Others might not be blatently offensive, but are banned because they could cause embarrassment for motorists. Examples include BUM, GOD, DUD and UGH. Still others are not issued because of drug references such as POT or LSD.

    Occassioinally, some objectionable combinations slip through and get printed like the infamous issue of the ASS prefix in New Brunswick (which were never distributed and supposed to be destroyed but somehow found their way into private collections) or a case in Ohio a few years ago when the SIN prefix was issued, prompting many outraged motorists to return their plates.



    Others may be unique to a particular state. For example, the prefix 'DVN" is banned in Florida, but not California. Conversely. 'SLA' is banned in California but not Florida. California also is unique in banning CHP solely due to its reference to CHiPS - California Highway Patrol - and the confusion that may result in motorists thinking they were cops plates.

    Others may find numbers objectionable, particulary 666 for states that still have the three-digit sequences. Motorists turn those in all the time. Or certain combinations of number or letters, harmless on their own, may raise some eyebrows: Ohio is just starting with the Es in their AAA0000 series. I wonder if EAT6969 will be banned or will it slip through. I would love to be at the licence bureau that issues that prefix when those numbers come up.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/blueplate/fladmv2.html
    http://www.calpl8s.com/cpinfo.html

    The links above show a list of banned letter combinations in Florida and California (some of which are no longer banned) Most other states probably have a very similar list. What is mystifying to me is why combinations like CUZ, EEK, FAN, QVA, SAM, or YEP. CUZ is a recent add, one of four to be added since 1979. Are these combinations blatetently offensive for some reason?

    And SAC! California has banned the prefix SAC for some reason. Anyone know why?

    Excluding vanity plates, have you ever seen any strange letter combinations that got issued in your state or province?
    Last edited by Super Amputee Cat; 11 Aug 2006 at 2:26 AM.

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    Cyburbian abrowne's avatar
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    I say ban none of the combinations. Recognize them for what they are - random. If you ban some objectionables but miss others, well, THEN you're (rightly so) in trouble. It's best to just avoid altogether.

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    Way back when, one of my ugly baby-poop brown New Jersey license plates (Garden State) was 365-HIV.

    Indiana currently uses the most clever system I've seen: the first two digits are the numeric prefix for each county, so that it is possible to know where someone is from when you meet them on the road somewhere (providing you know all 92 counties), or when they are parked at a historic site, mall, or other *destination*. Indeed, my kids have become expert at knowing that "88" plates (Washington County, or in the local lingo 'Whoooooshington") are really bad drivers, and they'll say "Look out Dad, there's an 88 in front of us..."

    I've seen some Kentucky tags that made me think, but I can't recall any on a Friday morning...

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    I'm a Jew with a Jew plate . . . except its "JU-***." When I got it I thought "Great, they're labeling us now."

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    When Ohio issued their bicentennial plates in 2002, the sequence ran like this: AA00AA. (Two sets of letters seperated by a two digit number). I've seen such plates as FA##RT, DY##KE and FA##GH.

    The only got up to the low Fs before the plates were discontinued and the AAA0000 types were reissued. One has to wonder if FU69CK would have made it through.
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    People are too sensitive. What a bunch of wimpy Americans we are if we can't deal with seeing a license plate that has a couple letters together that might possible be mistaken for a word that we don't like.

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner
    People are too sensitive. What a bunch of wimpy Americans we are if we can't deal with seeing a license plate that has a couple letters together that might possible be mistaken for a word that we don't like.
    dittos. A word only has the 'power' that you give it.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    There was a game show about guessing what the letter & number combinations on license plates said, Bumper Stumpers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumper_Stumpers

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    I miss my last FL plate, which began IQ1. It was fun checking plates on the road for other "stupid" people.

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    Mrs. Maister's old license plate was something like 'YAK 645'. Anyone who knows hear and how much she likes to talk got a charge outta it.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Coming from Oregon where they do not allow any custom plates with religious connotations it's been interesting to see the many vanity plates in SC with GOD in the text. They also have a special plate that has a very prominent "In God We Trust" as the design.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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    Tricky Dick Hatfield probably handed all of the NB plates out to his "friends".
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    Mrs. Maister's old license plate was something like 'YAK 645'. Anyone who knows hear and how much she likes to talk got a charge outta it.
    Did you type this on maichaelskis' PC?



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    A guy where I used to live had "EAT OUT"

    He owned a restuarant.
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    It's know this is not really what SAC had in mind when this thread was started, but this is too good not to share. I snapped this vanity plate on the back of a Jeep in an upscale suburb a couple of months back. I'm surprised it wasn't on the "banned" list.






    And do you really have to ask why SAC is not allowed?

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    Quote Originally posted by biscuit
    It's know this is not really what SAC had in mind when this thread was started, but this is too good not to share. I snapped this vanity plate on the back of a Jeep in an upscale suburb a couple of months back. I'm surprised it wasn't on the "banned" list.






    And do you really have to ask why SAC is not allowed?
    I really have no idea unless it refers to the male anatomy.

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